CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
4 - 6 JUNE
Check out who's will be at this year's festival. More names to be announced soon.
Áine Walsh is Head of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund at Northern Ireland Screen.
For over 10 years Áine has worked closely with the local Irish language production sector and broadcasters to deliver Irish language content across a range of genres and to develop the local production sector. She is also responsible for a number of training programmes for Irish speakers working or seeking to work in production.
Prior to this she worked as an assistant producer and producer in UTV, working across entertainment and documentary programmes, including The Kelly Show and A Day in the Life. She also worked as a radio presenter and producer for BBC Northern Ireland’s Irish Language Unit and as a radio producer with Radio Kerry.
Born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Alan moved to Ireland in 1984 to a teach at University College Galway. In 1989 he became a member of the start-up team for Telegael. He was appointed in 1995 to the senior management group of Teilifís na Gaeilge. Alan was a founding board member of the Irish Film and Television Academy and played a key role in the successful re-launch of TnaG as TG4 in 1999. He was appointed Director of Television for TG4 in 2000 and in 2007 returned to Scotland to help set up BBC ALBA. In 2016 Alan came back to work in Ireland to undertake the chief executive role at TG4.
Bill began his media career in BBC Scotland’s Gaelic Department where he was responsible for some of its most popular and critically acclaimed titles including Na h-Eilthirich (The Emigrants), Ran Dan and the multiple award-winning Gruth is Uachdar (Crowdie and Cream). He subsequently moved into producing and directing primetime TV drama including Holby City and River City, as well as working on landmark factual productions such as A History of Scotland and classic kids’ shows like Raven. In 2017 he joined MG Alba as Commissioning Editor and is responsible for scripted output including Bannan and the brand-new comedy show, Func, as well as a major overhaul of children’s output.
David Harron is Commissioning Executive for Factual at BBC Scotland. He previously worked for many indies, BBC Scotland and stv as a producer and director on arts, documentary and sports programmes for various broadcasters. His credits include Grand Tours of Scotland, The Harbour, Danny MacAskill: Riding The Ridge, The Bridge: 50 Years Across The Forth, Teenage Millionaire: The Year I Won The Lottery, Scotland’s Game, Brian Cox’s Russia and Coming Oot: The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland.
Deirbhile Ní Churraighín, a native of Donegal, joined TG4 eight weeks before the channel was launched on Halloween night, 1996. Previously, she presented and co-wrote ‘Now You’re Talking’ for BBC NI and RTÉ and wrote and presented ‘Boisíní’ for TG4.
Having worked as a fulltime in-house presenter for TG4 since opening night, Deirbhile moved to programme acquisitions in 2002 and is now a Commissioning Editor across all genres, with special responsibility for drama.
Eddie Doyle is Head of Content Production for BBC Northern Ireland, playing an integral role in the delivery of BBC Northern Ireland’s content plans across all in-house production outside of News and Current Affairs, including factual, entertainment, comedy, music and events.
Eddie Doyle joined BBC Northern Ireland from his role as Head of Factual, Comedy, Talent Development and Music at RTÉ where he has provided leadership to the broadcaster’s in-house teams across these areas. He has been responsible for a number of Irish broadcasting initiatives including Prime Time Investigates, the Format Farm commissioning scheme and the Reality Bites documentary series. He has commissioned Comedy, Drama and Entertainment programmes such as Mrs Browns Boys, The Young Offenders, Dave Allen At Peace, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, and The Tommy Tiernan Show. His documentary commissions, include Futureshock: Property Crash, Leas Cross, and The Notorious Conor McGregor. He devised and delivered the RTÉ Cross Platform Strategy on Comedy in 2014 and RTÉ2 Channel Strategy in 2012 and the RTÉ/Irish Film Board Export Initiative in 2017.
Iseabail is Director of Strategy and Partnerships with MG ALBA, which delivers the Gaelic language channel, BBC ALBA, in partnership with the BBC. She is responsible for MG ALBA’s content budget, as well as supply sector development. She has senior executive experience in commerce and broadcasting at a regional, national and international level. Iseabail’s broadcast career began at BBC News; she has been Member for Scotland on Ofcom’s Content Board and is a former board member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Jackie Edwards is Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), a major new pilot being delivered by the BFI as part of the UK Government’s support for distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on UK Public Service Broadcasters (PSB) channels and platforms.
The Fund is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Contestable Fund and assigns the BFI up to £57 million to deliver a three year pilot. Edwards will report to BFI Deputy CEO, Ben Roberts, and work on the final design and implementation of the Fund.
Edwards was the BBC’s Head of Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation from 2015, delivering programming for 0-16 year olds. As well as overseeing the strategy for her department, Edwards was responsible for pre-buying and acquiring live action and animated programming. She joined the BBC in 2008 as CBeebies Content Manager and later as Executive Producer, working on programmes including Tree Fu Tom, Octonauts, Bing, Rastamouse and Clangers.
Prior to the BBC, Edwards was a freelancer, working on the development, finance and production of shows for a variety of companies such as LEGO, CBBC, Three Stones Media and Mackinnon & Saunders. She started her television career in animation in 1995 as a production assistant with Hibbert Ralph Entertainment (later Silver Fox Films), going on to produce many prestigious specials and award-winning series.
As Head of Communications & Corporate Engagement for RTÉ, Joe leads RTÉ's corporate and media communications, major consumer events, corporate partnerships, corporate marketing, corporate social media, and internal comms. A copywriter, creative, producer and director, Joe has implemented dozens of major partnership campaigns and public value campaigns, and directs TV Licence Marketing. He is chair of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Communications Directors Expert Group and a member of the Steering Group of Media Literacy Ireland, an initiative of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Joe oversees the RTÉ Supporting the Arts scheme, named in 2018 as one of the top five arts supporters in Ireland by Allianz Business to Arts. He has been nominated in the Best Brand Campaign, Best CSR, Best Irish-language Marketing and Best PR categories at the All Ireland Marketing Awards, and for Best Brand Campaign at Eurovision Connect.
Karen was appointed Editor, BBC Gaeilge in February 2013. She is a member of the commissioning team for Irish Language content and is responsible for leading the Irish language in-house teams and managing output on radio, television and online. Karen has worked as series producer, director, producer and presenter on a variety of programming for television, radio and online since she joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1995. She joined the Irish Language department as television producer in 2004 and has worked on projects both in-house and in the independent sector.
Laura is a Commissioning Editor with TG4, developing, commissioning and managing a slate of factual, music, historical and entertainment projects. She is also responsible for acquisitions, complementing the indigenous content in the TG4 schedule with the best of drama, documentaries, lifestyle and films from around the world.
Prior to taking up her role with TG4, Laura was a successful and an award-winning freelance television producer and director for TG4 & RTÉ. Credits include IFTA and Celtic Media Award winning documentary, ‘Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste’, musical entertainment series ‘Ceolchuairt’ and the IFTA winning, ‘The High Hopes Choir’
Lís Ní Dhálaigh is TG4’s Director of Marketing & Development, responsible for leading the TG4 Marketing team, developing TG4’s strategy for nonlinear content, and devising training initiatives to develop new talent in the sector. Her team oversee the TG4 player and partner with other platforms, to ensure TG4’s content is widely available and accessible to audiences worldwide.
Máire Aoibhinn was recruited as TG4’s Librarian in 1996 and appointed as the Schedule Manager in 1999. Her role spans a broad range of TG4 policy making and output areas - from Scheduling, Library, Archive, Compliance, Access and Digital Asset Management to Music Copyright and TV Billings.
She has represented TG4 on a range of media forums including BAI's Archive and Access Forums, Media Literacy Ireland Network, Prix CIRCOM, Irish Juror at the Celtic Media Festival, the International Conference of Languages and the Media and Banff World Media Festival
She holds a Master’s Degree in Irish Heritage Management from University College, Cork.
During her 30 years in the broadcasting industry Margaret Mary has worked across a wide variety of programme genres ranging from children's programmes to documentaries, drama and current affairs. She has led award winning production teams and had a key role in the delivery and launch of the partnership Gaelic TV channel BBC ALBA. She is the head of the BBC’s Gaelic services, BBC ALBA and Radio nan Gàidheal and also sits on the executive board for BBC Scotland and the new BBC Scotland channel.
Michael is an experienced chief executive, managing director, board member and editor-in-chief with more than 30 years programme making experience.
He has held senior roles at national and international levels including Sky News, Five News, UTV and ITV.
He is currently the CEO of Isle of Media, the national development agency for the Isle of Man digital and creative industries. Set up as a Public Private Partnership with the Isle of Man Government to drive inward investment in Digital Media and foster the indigenous industry and talent, providing pro-bono advice to develop media projects on the Isle of Man.
More than twenty years experience within the television business. Working for both, private and public, regional and national spanish TV stations.
Commercially oriented executive with experience in the media/entertainment industries.
Have been involved in product management, finance, marketing, rights acquisition and sales and content distribution activities.
Member of Television de Galicia´s Programming team since 2009. Deeply involved with the network programming strategy from different angles: looking for innovation, originality and talent when acquiring new content. Supervising development, production and scheduling when setting new programmes and formats to be launched.
Responsible for dubbing coordination to galician language of any foreign content acquired by Television de Galicia, mainly animation, films and TV series.
Regarding new technologies and social media, working right now in a project to improveTelevisión de Galicia kids´ web and App with a 360º strategy to complete our children offer on traditional TV, in our secondary channel.
Always commited to explore new approaches to the exciting audiovisual business from a buyers’ perspective with a wide experience in international markets.
Peter Johnston was appointed Controller (now Director) of BBC Northern Ireland in October, 2006.
He took up the appointment a month later, following the retirement of Anna Carragher who had held the post for six years.
Before that, he had been Head of Broadcasting for BBC Northern Ireland for three years.
His responsibilities in this post involved overall commissioning and scheduling of programmes and content for Northern Ireland audiences on BBC Television, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Online.
As Head of Broadcast, Peter increased the range of local TV programmes produced for BBC One NI and BBC Two NI including doubling the number of single documentaries, increasing the range of music and comedy output and introducing a number of new presenters and formats.
Programmes commissioned during this time won nine Royal Television Society awards including both Nations and Regions categories at the awards for three years in a row.
Peter also led a series of schedule changes to Radio Ulster which won seven Sony Awards during this period.
Peter Johnston was born in 1966 and educated at Ballymena Academy and Imperial College London where he completed a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering and Management.
After leaving university in 1988 he took up a post in the marketing division of Shell International in London.
In 1991 he returned to Northern Ireland and joined Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant.
He first developed his interests in the world of broadcasting and media management when he provided consultancy support for several of the local ITV franchise bids and an application for a Channel 5 television licence.
He left Coopers and Lybrand in 1994 and joined BBC Northern Ireland working first in audience research before becoming Head of Marketing and Development three years later.
Richard is Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen which has, in the last 10 years, taken the lead role in developing the film and television industry in Northern Ireland.
Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter as a film studio and used it to attract Walden Media and Universal Pictures to produce films based there. The facility has subsequently been let out to HBO’s GAME OF THRONES which has returned to Northern Ireland for its sixth season.
During his time, Northern Ireland Screen has supported the development and production of many independent films, all genres of television and a growing number of digital content projects, including HUNGER for which Steve McQueen won the Camera D’Or, Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winner THE SHORE and Michael Lennox’s BAFTA winner BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM.
Richard previously worked for Waddell Media, during that time representing Northern Ireland on PACT, the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television. He also previously worked in newspaper management and was a commercial solicitor.
Rónán has been involved in the audiovisual industry since 1995 and spent several years working with Nemeton TV, in Co. Waterford, prior to joining TG4.
He was appointed TG4’s Head of Sport in 1999. He is responsible for TG4’s sports policy, content, sports rights acquisition, commissioning sports programmes and documentaries. He oversees all live & sports highlights programming, dealing with national and international sports organisations and developing new ideas to bring into the schedule.
He has worked as a producer at the GAA All Ireland Finals, Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup, Tour de France and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Siobhán is an award-winning producer/director who oversees marketing, programme acquisitions, reversioning and commissioning for TG4's ‘Cúla4 na nÓg’ and ‘Cúla4’ young people's schedule. She oversees a Pre-School Output deal, BAI funded projects and acquires content.
Siobhán was a dubbing director before moving to TG4 to manage In-house production and marketing of the Young People’s output. She has overseen the development of ‘Cúla4’, and series’ such as ‘Saol faoi Shráid’, ‘Bia Linn’, ‘Bog Stop’, ‘Aifric’ and ‘Lár Stáitse’ - a live talent showcase from Oireachtas na Samhna.
In the Independent sector Siobhán also produced projects such as CMF 2017 award winner,‘Is Eolaí Mé’.
Sioned is responsible for all children's content on S4C's pre-school brand Cyw and Stwnsh for older children. She is also responsible for Young People, Learning and Welsh learners' content.
Since joining S4C in 2012, Sioned has commissioned several innovative formats: Y Lifft was the first play along gameshow for kids in the UK, followed by Ludus and Pyramid; Madron combined animation and a digital comic app; Dwylo'r Enfys, a series introducing Makaton in Welsh; @tifiacyw twitter service for parents learning Welsh; #Fi award-winning documentary strand; multi-platform series Llond Ceg tackles kids' issues head-on; and Dyma Fi a digital youth project with crowd-sourced content, was shot over a 24-hour period, and Deian a Loli, a drama series for young children about mischievous twins who have secret super powers.
Sioned is a programme-maker with 25 years' experience. She worked at the BBC from 1990-2006 producing and directing radio, television and interactive content. She directed several episodes of All Our Lives, a landmark history series for BBC Wales and documentary series O Flaen Dy Lygaid. As a Senior Producer 2001-06, she led the award-winning multiplatform projects Come Clean, B*ll*cks, and pan-Celtic language learning project Colin and Cumberland.
In 2006, Sioned joined the independent sector and produced, developed and exec produced a host of shows such as CBBC's Stuck on Sheep Mountain and CBeebies' Alphablocks. In 2012 Sioned was a member of the group reporting on Digital Materials in Education for the Welsh Government that led to setting up the Hwb digital learning platform.
Steve began his career with the BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Features department and went on to become a producer/director on Current Affairs programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.
In 1997 he returned to Ireland and went on to set up independent production company Mint Productions. Mint became one of Ireland’s most high profile indies, with offices in Dublin and Belfast.
As a programme-maker, his awards include those from the Royal Television Society and the Irish Film and Television Academy.
In 2009, Steve was appointed Director of Programmes for RTÉ Television, with responsibility for in house and indie-produced programming across RTÉ ONE and TWO. He also took on additional responsibility for Current Affairs during 2012.
Steve returned to the BBC at the end of 2013 as Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions, covering local and network in-house production and the development of the wider creative economy in Northern Ireland. During his time in Belfast, the BBC negotiated two successful partnerships with Northern Ireland Screen.
In October 2017, Steve was appointed Head of Multiplatform Commissioning for BBC Scotland, working across Radio, Television and Digital services.